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Sara Compher-Rice received her B.A. from Denison University in 1999 with a major in Political Science and a minor in English Literature.

Sara attended the University of Tennessee College of Law, where she received her Doctor of Jurisprudence, Magna Cum Laude (high honors), in 2002. Graduating in the top ten percent of her class, Sara was elected to the Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor a law student can achieve.

While attending the University of Tennessee, Sara received the Claire Garland Memorial Scholarship and was also the recipient of numerous academic awards, including Dean's List, Highest Honors.


She was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the Moot Court Board, the Constitutional Law Moot Court Team, where she participated in a national competition at William & Mary College of Law, and served as a Vice-Magister for the legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi.


Sara joined the firm in 2002 to assist Steve Oberman in his practice, as well as to develop a practice of her own as a Tennessee DUI attorney. Licensed in all Tennessee courts, Sara is currently limiting her practice to criminal defense and personal injury law, with an emphasis on alcohol and/or driving-related cases.

Sara recognizes the importance of staying on the cutting edge of the latest legal, legislative and scientific developments in DUI law. As a DUI lawyer in Tennessee, she spends many hours at national DUI symposiums each year and also assists Mr. Oberman in the extensive research and writing of his books, DUI: The Crimes and Consequences in Tennessee and Drunk Driving Defense. In 2003, 2004 and 2006 she also received a certificate of completion from the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. Summer Session held at Harvard University.


Sara has lectured to both local and national audiences on the topics of DUI Defense, Ethics and Courtroom Technology. She has also authored multiple articles relating to DUI Defense.


Sara is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, for which she serves on the DUI committee.


Sara is active in the Knoxville Delta Gamma Alumnae Group, where she has served as Vice President of the organization. She has also been appointed by the international legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi, to serve as Province President of Province 14, working with law school students across Tennessee, Kentucky and southwestern Virginia. Sara also enjoys volunteering her time with the March of Dimes.


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Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 75%
    14 years
  2. Speeding Ticket: 15%
    14 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    14 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

17 total 

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  • George F. Lannom

    Ms. Rice is a dedicated criminal defense lawyer. She has been elected as the president of the Tennessee Criminal Defense Lawyers as evidence of her dedication to those charged with crimes, particularly DUI.


    George Lannom Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Rock Christopher Lee

    I endorse this lawyer. I was representing an TN licensed driver in Indiana and needed some TN DUI advice. Sara was extremely knowledgeable about TN DUI law and driving consequences. I recommend Sara to all defendants facing a TN DUI.


    Rock Lee DUI and DWI Attorney
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Contact info

Oberman & Rice

550 W Main Ave
Suite 730
Knoxville, TN, 37902-2567


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarMid-South Super Lawyers2010
Elected to the Order of the CoifUniversity of Tennessee College of Law2002
Magna Cum LaudeThe University of Tennessee College of Law2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerOberman & Rice2008 - Present
AssociateDaniel & Oberman2002 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Tennessee Board of Professional ResponsibilityHearing Committee Member2011 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, DUI CommitteeVice-Chair2009 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, DUI CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Phi Delta PhiProvince President2003 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseMember2002 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2002 - Present
Phi Delta Phi legal fraternityMember2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. FerranteCase was dismissed by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Champion MagazineInvestigating the DUI Case: Things to Do, Places to Go, People to See2009
DictaHave You Told Your DUI Client . . . ?2008
The Champion magazineThe Standardized Field Sobriety Test Validation Myth2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Denison UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
University of Tennessee College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Taking Care of Business-DUI SeminarDUI Legislative Update: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly2010
Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in TennesseeDUI Case Law and Legislative Update2009
Strategies in Defending DWI and DUI Cases in TennesseeInvestigating a DUI Case2009
Making the Case for the Defense: Getting Back to BasicsThe Nuts & Bolts of PowerPoint: Make the Story Come Alive2009
DWI Means Defend with Ingenuity®: Winning with DUI: Offense, Defense and Special TeamsA Defense Lawyer’s Practical Guide to Analyzing the Police Videotape2008
NACDL Spring Seminar: “Ethics and White Collar WorkEnhancing Your Trial with PowerPoint®2006
Judicial Impaired Driving Training SeminarTennessee Law Relating to Probable Cause in a DUI Case2005
DUI Defense SeminarCrossing the Officer on Field Sobriety Tests: Throw the Book at Them2005
Ethics on the SquareBonding with Your Bail Bondsman2002